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June 23, 2013

Before & After Photoshop.

This is so beautiful. A girl’s Photoshop request.

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Oh boy: Never forget Alex Jones once posted before and after pictures to sell a supplement in which he barely changed but just got redder (i.redd.it)

An antidote to all of the below:


Update: both images above:

“Justin Beiber threatened legal action against breatheheavy.com for posting this .gif that suggests he is not as big as his Calvin Klein advertisement makes him look, claiming this insinuation by Breathheavy is damaging “his brand.” (i.imgur.com)

Media has unrealistic beauty expectations for Men, too.

Mindful bonus:


6 hours of photoshopping a model time-lapsed into 90 seconds:



Compare these pictures of Beyonce to any no-makeup non-retouched picture of her.


Mindfulness isn’t about gurus on mountaintops. It is about everyday life. It is about learning to make friends with oneself, as we are. Buying into perfection is aggression: aggression toward ourselves.

“A little perspective goes a long way…” via Imgur via my ol’friend M.

photoshop media maitri

What’s sexy? Humor. Loving oneself. Not perfection? Not so much (but it sure does sell):

For more on Maitri just as we are, read the Buddha, on Aging Gracefully. Or, Katy Perry Photoshopped. Or, More Attractive without Make up?

Ah, photoshop. The digital equivalent of plastic surgery. Photos:

Bonus: a great, handsome young Buddhist teacher on how to help the world:

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Nanie Emkay Feb 21, 2015 1:20am

Well face the facts of who or what you are.

Anyway I like the last pic. Really!!

judit Jan 10, 2015 11:25pm

Dear @justinbieber

When I first saw your ‪#‎mycalvins‬ ad, I’ve snorted out laughing, thinking that you are an absolute douche.
Beyond feeling offended that a rather good brand even thinks that I can be fooled, I felt a little sympathy for you. You are not building but damaging your own brand by letting @CalvinKlein trying to make a totally wrong product – celeb match and make you look something you are clearly NOT.

Don’t forget we all saw you shirtless at Fashion Rocks, and to your credit you did some planks and bicep curls to some of your fans greatest viewing pleasure. But come to your senses! No intelligent, tasteful, well informed grown up (the target audience of @CalvinKlein ??!!) would believe that what they see is real. No offence – I’m sure you’re great, but take your crotch area for example – you are 20 years old ffs, who are you kidding? Or is this a new social media incentive that your well paid brand guardians came up with? ‪#doesmydicklookbigenoughinthis ?
The people who are advising you should do a better job when shortlisting selects for the ads that go live. And @CalvinKlein should give this some thoughts as well.

So instead of requesting amends from sites that published your pre-photoshopped images, here is something to consider:
Stop trying to be your brand and try being yourself – the 20 year old young musician you are. Your fans love you for what you do best – it is not fashion modelling yet.
If you wanna be buff, because thats your new thing, then be it, keep going to the gym and whilst you are there, get your personal trainer to tailor some sessions for your legs too.


An advertising professional, fashion lover, and imperfect human being who sometimes spends a bit of money at CK and enjoyed dancing to “Boyfriend” a couple of years ago.

Tara Ewashy Nov 4, 2014 9:24am

What I found surprising is that they not only give women bigger boobs and smaller everything else, but they also take away muscle tone to create skinny, shapeless, arms and legs. Who is it that is asking for this?

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